Increase Student Motivation

Studies have shown that between 40 and 60% of U.S. high school students are disengaged from learning and don't put much effort into school (National Research Council, 2004). In fact, an extensive review of the scholarly literature recently concluded that, “Children’s interest, enthusiasm, and intrinsic motivation for learning in school deteriorate continuously from their entry into kindergarten until they complete high school (or drop out), with striking losses during the transitions to middle school and high school. The erosion of motivation is especially severe for boys and for students from low socioeconomic, minority, and immigrant backgrounds” (Skinner et al, 2012). 

This crisis of academic motivation is much on the minds of America’s teachers, 69% of whom reported on a recent national survey that low motivation is a major problem in their classrooms (Yeager et al, 2014). 

Fortunately, from grit to growth mindset there is a growing body of research that educators can use to strengthen students’ motivation to learn. Unfortunately, that body of research is large, complex, and sometimes contradictory. 

To help educators understand and implement the conclusions that scholars have reached through decades of studies, Search Institute has created the REACH System, which breaks the task of strengthening student motivation down into five essential strategies:

  • Building developmental Relationships with and among students
  • Helping students understand how Effort can increase intelligence 
  • Connecting students' current actions to their future Aspirations 
  • Teaching students about the role of Cognition in delaying gratification and managing learning
  • Ensuring that students know and are known for the deep interests and values in their Hearts

March 26-27, 2018

Minneapolis, MN

Early Bird Registration through February 26, 2018: $645

Registration through March 12, 2018: $695

Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop

Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH System

We don't need to tell you what a positive impact increased student motivation can make in your classroom or school.

That's why we'd like to invite you to our new Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop.

In this workshop, you'll get grounded in the research behind REACH so that you can integrate the tools and techniques into your own personal practice. 

This introductory workshop prepares educators to build young people’s social-emotional strengths.

Strengthening Student Motivation Workshop:

Building Success in School and Beyond with the REACH System

Each workshop attendee receives a printed copy of the REACH Strategies Guidebook with activities (called Anchor Activities) and strategies for increasing student motivation.

This introductory workshop prepares educators to use the tools and approaches of the REACH System to build young people’s social-emotional strengths. The following topics are included:

  • Introduction to the importance of social-emotional strengths
  • Academic motivation and persistence
  • Development of social-emotional strengths
  • Key ideas for implementing The REACH System
  • Anchor Activities and REACH Techniques for educators to strengthen students’ academic motivation.
  • Each participant will receive a free copy of the REACH Strategies Guidebook.

What's Included

For ​more ​information, ​contact ​Mary ​Shrader ​or ​call ​800-888-7828 Ext 526

Dates: March 26-27, 2018

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Location: 3001 Broadway Street NE, Lower Level Conference Room D,

Minneapolis, MN 55413

Early Bird Registration through February 26: $645

Registration through March 12: $695

Workshop fee includes 

  • REACH Strategies Guidebook
  • Workshop materials
  • Breakfast & lunch 
  • Refreshments & Snacks
  • CEU’s Provided (12 clock hours)


Register for the workshop:

Can't attend on this date? Click here to be put on our waiting list to be notified when the next open enrollment workshop opens up.

About our Presenter

Eric Kalenze

Director of Education Solutions

Search Institute

Eric Kalenze’s career in education has included posts in teaching, coaching, administration and consulting. Building upon ten years as a high-school English teacher, Eric Kalenze’s career in education has included posts in administration and consulting. He is the author of the 2014 book Education Is Upside-Down: Reframing Reform to Focus on the Right Problems and he regularly contributes pieces about education practice, research, and reform to publications like Education Week, Education Post, The Hechinger Report, and TES US, as well as to his blog, ‘A Total Ed Case’.

He holds a B.A. in English from Carleton College and a Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota, and he lives in Minnesota’s Twin Cities metro area with his wife, two daughters and one Puggle.

The workshop is designed for:


• Middle and high school principals

• Superintendents

• Curriculum directors

• Testing directors

• Middle and high school teachers

• Middle and high school counselors

• Parent teacher organizations

• Education related non-profit organizations

Wondering if this workshop is right for you?

What educators say about REACH:

“In 18 years I haven’t come across a philosophy that is to me more applicable to our school. It will be accepted and embraced by our staff because it fits so well. It gives to us a common language and a way to articulate the philosophy we’re trying to use to foster independent thinking, achieving young people.”

Kathryn Robinson, Psychologist, 

Eagan High School, Minnesota

“They break it into small chunks but more importantly you give us very applicable strategies in using this research.” 

Alan Reeder, Deputy Superintendent, Lyon County School District, Nevada

“This has by far been the most beneficial workshop I’ve been to. The topics are explained in several different ways. I also like that we’re able to try the anchor activities ourselves and that we have the Guidebook to fall back on.”

Lisa Thom, 

Guidance Counselor, Grantsburg School district, Wisconsin

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